The Coming Bear Market?

by Robert J. Shiller Added 22.09.2017
NEW HAVEN – The US stock market today is characterized by a seemingly unusual combination of very high valuations, following a period of strong earnings growth, and very low volatility. What do these ostensibly conflicting messages imply about...

Saving the Iran Nuclear Deal

by Ana Palacio Added 21.09.2017
MADRID – There is an old rule of thumb in diplomacy: if you cannot reach agreement on an issue, expand the scope of the discussion. Today, the United States may be set to turn this approach on its head, broadening the discussion to destroy an...

A Double Betrayal for Refugee Children

by Gordon Brown Added 19.09.2017
LONDON – From Syria to Myanmar, children caught in the crossfire of conflict are victims of a double betrayal. Forced out of their homes in the biggest refugee crisis since World War II, they have now become the innocent victims of a broken...

Time to give Kim what he wants

by Daniel Wagner Added 19.09.2017
What Kim wants most is to strike a deal with US, which it perceives as the gravest threat to North Korea’s survival under him. US should put its wounded pride aside and treat Kim not as if he were a mad man. It is the pinnacle of hubris for the...

A New Trump?

by Elizabeth Drew Added 16.09.2017
WASHINGTON, DC – It’s generally agreed in Washington, DC, that President Donald Trump’s presidency is entering a new phase. Defining just what that phase is, is proving to be problematic. The widespread expectation was that the removal of...

Is America Still A Beacon Of Light To Other Nations?

by Alon Ben-Meir Added 15.09.2017
We do not need President Trump to tell us that he can make America great again. America is already great. The problem is that we are squandering our greatness by pursuing foreign and domestic policies that debase our moral authority and the...

The Mystery of the Missing Inflation

by Nouriel Roubini Added 14.09.2017
NEW YORK – Since the summer of 2016, the global economy has been in a period of moderate expansion, with the growth rate accelerating gradually. What has not picked up, at least in the advanced economies, is inflation. The question is why. In...

Hurricanes may be getting more severe – do we need a whole new category to describe them?

by Sally Brown Added 12.09.2017
Satellite view of Hurricane Irma. NASA There’s been a devastating trail of destruction and flooding along the east Atlantic coast in the last few weeks following Hurricane Harvey and now Hurricane Irma. The latter, currently moving across...

The Harsh Truth About India’s Godmen

by Shashi Tharoor Added 09.09.2017
  NEW DELHI – Late last month, when two Indian states and the national capital were held to ransom by rioting mobs protesting their spiritual leader’s conviction on two counts of raping minor girls, many Indians found themselves confronting...

A Betrayal of America’s Soul

by David Harris Added 08.09.2017
NEW YORK – For the United States – a country of immigrants and their descendants – September 5, 2017, marked a betrayal of the nation’s soul. The announcement by President Donald Trump’s administration that it is ending the Deferred Action for...

If Trump revokes DACA, it will create a humanitarian crisis

by Vivek Wadhwa Added 05.09.2017
As Americans are still reeling from the shock of hearing their President dignify the actions of hatemongers, there is another social crisis brewing. Starting on Sept. 5, more than a million immigrant children could be kicked out of their jobs,...

How Much Does Trump Matter?

by Joseph S. Nye Added 05.09.2017
CAMBRIDGE – The United States has never had a president like Donald Trump. With a narcissistic personality and a short attention span, and lacking experience in world affairs, he tends to project slogans rather than strategy in foreign policy....

The Power of Monuments

by Ian Buruma Added 05.09.2017
NEW YORK – The ghastly spectacle last month of neo-Nazis marching through Charlottesville, Virginia, carrying torches and barking slogans about the supremacy of the white race, was sparked by the city’s plans to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee,...

The Normalization Delusion

by Adair Turner Added 04.09.2017
LONDON – There is a psychological bias to believe that exceptional events eventually give way to a return to “normal times.” Many economic commentators now focus on prospects for “exit” from nearly a decade of ultra-loose monetary policy, with...

Optimizing Decision-Making in a Dangerous World

by Graham Allison and Arianna Huffington Added 04.09.2017
CAMBRIDGE AND NEW YORK – The United States and China have reached a precarious moment in their relationship. Ensuring a peaceful outcome will be the greatest geopolitical challenge of the twenty-first century. Are our leaders up to it? As things...

Trump and Afghanistan: Old Problems and New Dangers

by David Coates Added 02.09.2017
Keeping track of important policy developments with Donald J. Trump as President is difficult and yet vital. There is so much noise and distraction surrounding everything that the current President does, and such a perplexing mixture of bombast...

An Open Letter To President Trump

by Alon Ben-Meir Added 31.08.2017
I find it extremely hard to call you “President Trump” because sadly for America, you neither act like a president nor speak like one. You neither have the moral authority that a president needs to project, nor the courage of one. You have...

Two Weakened Leaders

by James J. Zogby Added 29.08.2017
  US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have a lot in common. Both are in trouble, confronting problems that are more legal than political. And as commentators, here and in Israel have noted, both have responded...

Trump’s “New” Strategy In Afghanistan Is Doomed To Fail

by Alon Ben-Meir Added 27.08.2017
President Trump’s new strategy that would presumably win the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan is doomed to fail, just like Bush’s and Obama’s before him. At best, the reported dispatch of an additional 4,000 American troops as recommended...

Can Trump Deal with North Korea and China?

by Jeffrey Frankel Added 25.08.2017
CAMBRIDGE – For years, Americans have misunderstood the nuclear threat from North Korea, misjudging how to address it. They have also misunderstood the bilateral trade deficits with China, overestimating their importance. Today, as President...
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